To help warriors relax and reconnect through kayak fishing and the outdoors.


Heroes on the Water, a 501(c)(3) veterans charity, creates alternative wellness programs to serve veterans, active-duty military personnel, first responders and their families. These experiential programs incorporate structured activities proven to improve the lives of these men and women. Each experience reduces the impact of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury while providing much-needed camaraderie and support.
The primary proven therapy utilized by Heroes on the Water is kayak fishing. Volunteer-led chapters around the United States hold events which are free for our nation’s heroes. Recurring activities give these heroes and their families a lifelong social network with like-minded people. No experience or equipment is needed, and kayak fishing is adaptive to those with disabilities. Our chapters in Australia and the U.K utilize the same proven model.
Founded in 2007, Heroes on the Water is dedicated to providing veterans services through recurring therapy and growing our volunteer chapter base. In 2018, we officially opened our services to first responders and their families.  Our programs are proven to be effective and provide heroes with a way to positively improve their lives, enhance their family dynamic, and impact their community.


Heroes on the Water utilizes programs and social activities to support our veterans, first responders and their families. Services include therapeutic kayak fishing experiences as well as other activities.

Our Team

  • Amber Helms
    Amber Helms Executive Director
  • Joe Winston
    Joe Winston Director of Therapeutic Programs
  • Randy Ramler
    Randy Ramler Director of Finance and Administration
  • Laura Armbruster
    Laura Armbruster Director of Communications & Community Engagement


Heroes on the Water aligns with organizations that are committed to serving our veterans, first responders and their families through kayak fishing and the outdoors.